Map: Which state has produced the most No. 1 overall NFL Draft picks over the last 30 years

Staff Report | MaxPreps.com Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:00am

Geographic breakdown of top picks from Indiana's Jeff George in 1990 to Texas' Kyler Murray in 2019.

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Joe Burrow is likely to be the fourth Ohio high school football player to be selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft since 1990. This year's draft has a wrinkle because of the coronavirus pandemic, as it will be held virtually instead of in Las Vegas as originally planned.

The Athens (The Plains) alum would join fellow Buckeye State products Orlando Pace (Sandusky), Ki-Jana Cater (Westerville South) and Dan Wilkinson (Dunbar). If Burrow goes with the top pick as projected, Ohio would put an end to three straight top picks from Texas.

With four No. 1 picks, Ohio would close the gap to one between the Lone Star State and California, which each own five top picks.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
No. 1 Overall NFL Draft Picks since 1990 By State

Alabama
JaMarcus Russell, QB, 2007, Williamson (Mobile)
Jameis Winston, QB, 2015, Hueytown

California
Keyshawn Johnson, WR, 1996, Dorsey (Los Angeles)
David Carr, QB, 2002, Stockdale (Bakersfield)
Carson Palmer, QB, 2003, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
Alex Smith, QB, 2005, Helix (La Mesa)
Jared Goff, QB, 2016, Marin Catholic (Kentfield)

Georgia
Cam Newton, QB, 2011, Westlake (Atlanta)

Illinois
Russell Maryland, DL, 1991, Whitney Young (Chicago)



Indiana
Jeff George, QB, 1990, Warren Central (Indianapolis)

Kentucky
Tim Couch, QB, 1999, Leslie County (Hyden)

Louisiana
Peyton Manning, QB, 1998, Newman (New Orleans)
Eli Manning, QB, 2004, Newman (New Orleans)

Michigan
Jake Long, OL, 2008, Lapeer East (Lapeer)
Eric Fisher, OL, 2013, Stoney Creek (Rochester Hills)



North Carolina
Mario Williams, DL, 2006, Richlands

Ohio
Dan Wilkinson, DL, 1994, Dunbar (Dayton)
Ki-Jana Carter, RB, 1995, Westerville South (Westerville)
Orlando Pace, OL, 1997, Sandusky

Oklahoma
Sam Bradford, QB, 2010, Putnam City North (Oklahoma City)

South Carolina
Courtney Brown, DL, 2000, Macedonia (Closed)
Jadeveon Clowney, DL, 2014, South Pointe (Rock Hill)



Texas
Matthew Stafford, QB, 2009, Highland Park (Dallas)
Andrew Luck, QB, 2012, Stratford (Houston)
Myles Garrett, DE, 2017, Martin (Arlington)
Baker Mayfield, QB, 2018, Lake Travis (Austin)
Kyler Murray, QB, 2019, Allen (Texas)

Virginia
Michael Vick, QB, 2001, Warwick (Newport News)

Washington
Steve Emtman, DL, 1992, Cheney
Drew Bledsoe, QB, 1993, Walla Walla